Resume site for Darrel Biggs
Thank you for visiting my Resume Site.
You will find a copy of my current resume and some samples of my recent design work.
I am seeking employment with a Landscape Architecture, Engineering or Architecture Firm or an established Design/Build company. I am willing to relocate and I will consider overseas employment on a contract basis. I am interested in a work environment that allows me to continue to fine tune my skills, learn from others in a positive atmosphere, and to push the limits of design. I enjoy working with people, clients and organizations and I have very good public speaking and presentation skills.
Do you need to expand, grow or target a new market? I do have management experience, and I would be interested in a management position with a Design/Build Company, a company that works with or would like to expand into High-End Residential projects or would like to step up the quality, income and profitability. I have excellent people skills and good management background, I do know how the business works.
If you would like to see additional information please let me know. I have hard copies of my work that I can send upon request. If you know of another company that might be looking for someone with my talents, please forward my site to them or send me an e-mail address or phone number and I will contact them. This site was last updated April 14, 2003
Cell Phone 602.359.7111
FAX, Phone and Voice Mail 602-795-8232
See more examples of my work and skills at www.idesigngardens.com
Over 30 years experience in all aspects of the landscape industry including landscape and irrigation design, estimating and bidding, construction, landscape and irrigation maintenance. Construction Supervision, multiple crews, office staff, budgeting, I understand business accounting, profit margins, spread sheets, profit/loss statements, project cost's analysis, projected budgets, etc.
Results-oriented team leader, skilled in problem solving and customer relations. Dedication and honest work ethic, known for creative thinking, common sense and positive attitude. Computer skills, CAD2000 and graphic arts design skills, Word, Excel, Lotus123, Quatro-Pro, Goldmine, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Outlook, FrontPage, PowerPoint.
Strength in organizing, executing and managing projects with the ability to adapt to different work demands.
Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, accredited.
2001-Present Self Employed
Landscape design and Consulting on custom homes, Commercial and special projects. Working with builders, developers, home designers, Architects, landscape companies and salesman from several landscape companies designing, drafting, and rendering presentation plans, bid takeoffs, details, meeting with their clients and doing site surveys.
1999-2001 Creative Environments Design and Landscape, Tempe, Arizona
Landscape Design and Drafting Manager
Landscape design and drafting for large residential and commercial projects. Responsibilities included working with the sales force to design and draft final presentation plans and rendered plans, details, and material takeoff for custom homes and finer projects, meeting with clients, coordinating drafting work between four CAD draftsman and 26 salesman, reviewing and detailing working drawings before construction.
1975-1999 Mission Gardens, Mesa, Arizona
Manager, Landscape Design, Sales, Maintenance and Construction
Landscape design for residential and commercial projects. Responsibilities included meeting with clients, landscape planning and design, sales, coordinating design work between draftsman and salesman, reviewing all working drawings before construction. Landscape crew laborer, foreman and supervisor over 4 construction crews building landscapes from start to finish, following blue prints and dealing with onsite obstacles. Landscape maintenance on small commercial and residential properties, overseeing maintenance crews and construction projects, budgets, managing office personnel, trouble-shooting field problems, scheduling, purchasing, fertilization and weed control.
2000 - 2001 CAD 2000, Computer Aided Design, Mesa Community College
1977-1982 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
PERSONAL INTERESTS and ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Interests include: Family, Church, Competitive Shooting, Backpacking, Music, Arts, Photography, Computer Graphic Design and Scouting.
Award of Merit, American Society of Landscape Architects
Eagle Scout, OA, Wood Badge Trained
Kristina Keller- Interior Design by Kristina 602-390-4742
Scott Briggs- Landscape Contractor- 480-228-5500
Bob Brown - Landscape Architect - 480-329-6127
Plans, Details and Renderings:
Plans and Details:
All plans and renderings where done in a 24x36 format and either scanned and reduced or photographed (renderings).
Entry Remodel with Water feature, this was a $350,000 remodel for a Scottsdale Resort, the plan was done in CAD2000, the elevations and details below where hand drawn. These are 2 of 9 pages submitted and approved and built.
The following are 2 of 10 sheets. Designed and hand drafted which included: entry details, signage, paving, landscaping, water features, color beds, and irrigation for the entry and drive into a residential airpark in the Phoenix area.
The Following are all High end Residential projects and Details which I designed and hand drafted, some include some elevations and basic details. These where prepared for initial presentation concepts, renderings and costing. Complete details and additional specifications came after the sales agreement. Some of these projects where built as designed others where modified, but they represent portion of my design and drafting talents.
$1.5 million Estate in the Citrus Groves, design included house location on the lot to optimize the setting, drives, walks, patios, water features, deco walls and wrought iron, and of coarse the plants and materials for the landscaping.
Beehive Fire Place Detail
Renaissance Bridge Designs
$900K Home in the Citrus Groves, I designed the pool, drives and walks and the landscape.
These are a few rendered presentation plans for residential clients. These are not the same plans as above. I designed pools, drives, entry walks and courtyards, water features and landscaping, deck design and materials, plant and tree selection.
front close-up of next rendering
If you would like further examples please call or e-mail me.
or go to my web site at: http://www.idesigngardens.com
Thank you for taking the time to review my resume and these samples of my work, below is a brief personal history that describes in a little more detail how I grew up in the business developing my skills and gaining practical experience.
In 1969 my Father started a retail nursery business which grew into a full fledge Design/Build Landscape company. Always on the cutting edge of ideas and procedures we were one of the first companies to utilize computers to do our bidding and estimating, in the early 80's we bought our first computer which cost over $6000, it had a 6" B&W monitor and didn't have much more capacity then today's calculators. We understood the necessity to monitor and calculate in all time and materials and the overhead of the construction process. As a family business, myself and four brothers grew up doing everything. My knowledge is based on a solid background of landscaping from the ground up, from trenching and digging holes, gluing pipe to crane setting 72"trees and 30 ton boulders (yes, 30 tons) to supervising multiple crews, running a bobcat, backhoe, or dump truck, installing jobs in a small patio-home space to multi-family housing complexes and multi-million dollar homes. I grew to love the business and went on to get a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona, a 5 year undergrad program that was strong in graphic arts and design, site analysis and presentation preparation.
After graduating I went back into the family Design/Build business for several years and continued to learn by doing. Concentrating more on the design and sales aspects I have worked on and designed projects from one of the hottest spots in the country, Bullhead City, Arizona, to one of the wettest areas in North America, Washington and Oregon. Projects have ranged over the years from small residential homes to Multi-million dollar estates on top of granite-rock mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona, parks, multi-use retention basins, commercial complexes, multi-family housing, water features, landscape art, lighting, street-scapes, entertainment sites, putting greens and swimming pools, fireplaces and fire pits, bar-b-que's, outdoor kitchens, gas and electrical, decorative walls, seat walls and retaining walls, lakeside homes, grading and drainage nightmares, flagstone, pavestone, culture stone, exposed-ag, parking lot design and layout, church properties, ramadas, arbors, screen walls, decking, natural and man-made boulders and more.
Above is my Resume, I want you to understand what is behind that resume, that I have both a practical knowledge built on 25+ years actual experience and a degree in Landscape Architecture. When I do a site analysis, review a plan, design a space, draw a detail, I have a very good understanding of what is happening or going to happen based on a solid background of experience. But, I also continue to learn through observation and pushing the boundaries and designing outside the box, I know I don't know everything, I am teachable, I'm not afraid to ask questions and search for the answers and I am always seeking more knowledge.